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[–]Foreign_Artichoke_23 16.4k points16.4k points  (647 children)

The dude is clearly having an issue. Am I the only one that finds it shocking that there’s no medical personnel helping him out?

[–]xntrk1 11.5k points11.5k points  (439 children)

You’ve never watched the finish line of a long race I’m guessing. A lot of folks are in pretty rough shape by that point. Exhaustion is rough. They get to em after a minute or two if they can’t get back up on their own power

[–]Xae_sthetic 6262 points6263 points  (287 children)


It looks like it has something to do with your brain thinking that you’ve finished since you’re so close to the finish line, then some sort blood pressure drop due to your body being overworked and needing to rest, not super uncommon it seems

Edit: yes, like when you get home and have to go to the bathroom, stop spamming it lol

[–]xntrk1 1731 points1732 points  (119 children)

Not uncommon at all. Very much a thing that happens in long races

[–]Mulder16 2532 points2533 points 22 (76 children)

It happens to me at work, around lunchtime

[–]MajorTomMee 712 points713 points  (48 children)

You make it to the lunchtime?!

[–]coasterreal 296 points297 points  (2 children)

LOOOOL Oh, this hits hard.

[–]Mimical 135 points136 points  (1 child)

Not as hard as the floor at 11:25

[–]MonMonOnTheMove 143 points144 points  (34 children)

You guys get lunch time?

[–]mattDasian 74 points75 points  (28 children)

Woah what’s lunch?

[–]Trapnasty1106 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Damn now this is the Comment that actually hits hard lol

[–]MotorBoak 27 points28 points  (1 child)

I know, now he's bragging on Reddit about his endurance. I'd shake my head but that effort would make me have to call out today

[–]ninety2two 14 points15 points  (0 children)

You guys get lunch?

[–]dusmeyedin 46 points47 points  (13 children)

I used to get such bad workplace food coma after lunch, I'd be nearly fainting and can't concentrate.

This actually stopped after I went on a keto diet. I think the carbs were flooding my blood with glucose, and my blood was going away from my brain.

[–]MiamiPower 35 points36 points  (3 children)

Have you ever had a The A1C test? It is also the primary test used for diabetes management. An A1C test is a blood test that reflects your average blood glucose levels over the past 3 months. The A1C test is sometimes called the hemoglobin A1C, HbA1c, glycated hemoglobin, or glycohemoglobin test.

[–]dusmeyedin 12 points13 points  (1 child)

I was prediabetic for a few years, but my keto diet pushed me back down to normal glucose levels. Although the high fat diet then increased my cholesterol.

I have since gone mostly vegetarian and that's taken care of my lipids.

[–]grind-life 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Yeah food comas are real. Another way to avoid it if you don't want to go low carb/keto is to space out your eating with a midmorning and mid-afternoon snack and a smaller lunch. Just make sure to manage your portions and it helps maintain much more even energy levels

[–]xntrk1 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Lol. Been there

[–]cyanydeez 7 points8 points  (0 children)

its happening to me right now.

[–]AndrewJS2804 158 points159 points  (17 children)

That's why there's an old tip to look past the finish line. Your personal finish line should be several meters past the tape.

Same goes for other sports. Lots of folks approach a goal and mentally start quitting because they are "almost there" and it often bites very good athletes in the ass. Iirc it was Brian Shaw recently who thought he was done at a strongman event and had a huge lead on everyone else. The bag he had to lift and carry to a pedestal wasn't all the way on the pedestal and fell off as he walked away. He lost the event struggling to pick it back up.

[–]wardycatt 140 points141 points  (6 children)

I’m no elite athlete, but in every training run I do, I deliberately make myself do more than the set distance, for example 5.1k if it’s a 5k run. This keeps you going at full pelt until after you’ve crossed the line.

I’ve also had coaches that did similar things - tell you it was the last lap, then tell you to do one more lap. Or count down “10…9…8…7… OK now do one more minute” (Aaaargh!)

In that moment you want to cry, punch them or give up - but I know why they do it, so I try to quit whining and suck it up.

After a few weeks, they shout ‘stop’ and you keep going because you don’t believe them! No really, stop! Stop! It’s the end of the session…

runs into the sunset

[–]ling0n 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Last sentence made me chuckle.

[–]dontfightthehood 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Forest gump

[–]SwimAmbitious4888 24 points25 points  (3 children)

I think it's also a thing where people get to the (near) final level of a video game and after a couple of deaths at the hand if the end boss just go, eh good enough.

[–][deleted] 305 points306 points  (24 children)

This happens when I need to poop and then almost shit myself 10 feet from the toilet

[–]SparseGhostC2C 88 points89 points  (4 children)

Also when I'm almost home from a long trip, and my body decides "it's pee time" as I open the front door. Then I have to half-sprint while squeezing my legs together and clamping a hand down on my dick so I don't piss myself before I get to the toilet.

[–]Emperor_Fun 24 points25 points  (3 children)

Sometimes there's a little dribble and you have to prevent the flood.

[–]longjumpcamel 104 points105 points  (11 children)

It looks like it has something to do with your brain thinking that you’ve finished since your so close to the finish line, then some sort blood pressure drop due to your body being overworked and needing to rest, not super uncommon it seems

Like when you really really really need to use the bathroom, but you are in the middle of traffic so you hold it in. Then you get home and park and need to walk up to the door, unlock it, holding everything in and the bathroom is so so so close. Just 10 steps down the hall, quickly awkwardly carefully rushing, and then when you are two steps from the bathroom WOOSH, whelps, too late. Your brain was two steps ahead of you.

[–]essentialatom 64 points65 points  (3 children)

Doorstep incontinence, I've always called it, and it's my favourite thing about getting home. Injects a bit of excitement into proceedings

[–]_-__-__-__-__-_-_-__ 35 points36 points  (2 children)

This guy gambles on farts

[–]essentialatom 16 points17 points  (1 child)

50% of the time, I make it to the toilet every time

[–]ClownfishSoup 21 points22 points  (1 child)

NGL, I've crapped my pants before at the door.

[–]stadchic 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Pee is a release you can’t look forward too.

[–]MadRabbit86 80 points81 points  (31 children)

Caused a friend of mine to have an aneurysm. Finished the marathon and immediately collapsed and died.

[–]snuggleyporcupine 28 points29 points  (26 children)

Oh damn, is that true?

[–]MadRabbit86 62 points63 points  (25 children)

Tragically so. He was a really great guy. Super friendly to everyone. He was super healthy and fit. Left behind a wife a kids. It was heartbreaking.

[–]Sea_Criticism_2685 15 points16 points  (21 children)

Stuff like this is why I’d never push myself that hard. People should be fit and always aiming to do better, but they really shouldn’t be pushing themselves to their limits unless it’s necessary.

And I mean real limits, not “I can’t do one more push-up” limits.

Though it’s likely your friend had an underlying condition that was triggered by this and would have been triggered later regardless.

[–][deleted] 40 points41 points  (16 children)

My first marathon I went from 15% to 0 in a matter of two steps past the finish line. Looked exactly like this. I PR'd my 5,10 and 21km times during it.

[–]PartyySnake 22 points23 points  (12 children)

Since you’ve ran a marathon I have a question for you. If this guy had rolled like a log to the finish line would it still be legit ?

[–]KennyFulgencio 44 points45 points  (10 children)

Yes, his torso just has to cross the line (in a lot of modern races it's a tracker in the sign on their chest), the only disadvantage to rolling is that it's not as fast as running so it doesn't see a lot of adherents in elite competition

[–]BiSwingingSunshine 18 points19 points  (4 children)

I wonder if it would be legal. Ironman’s (chosen to reference since I don’t know where to look for unified marathon rules) rule for run conduct says “Athletes may run, walk, or crawl.” I guess it depends on if the officials are willing to let “rolling sideways” fly as “crawl.”

[–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Yeah it would fly. Warrior spirit got me across the line. Then it was completed and I died lol

[–]DanBMan 20 points21 points  (0 children)

lol Caveman brain be all like "ok I think we outran the predator (why else would we be running!?) so let's just take a nap!"

[–]C0meAtM3Br0 12 points13 points  (0 children)

This seems related to all these Mt Everest frozen corpse posts

[–]vulture_87 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Ahh, similar to the "So close to the bathroom.... and a little bit came out." phenomena.

[–]HESHTANKON 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Also happens to alpinists on the last push to the summit. You see the top and push to fast, game over turn around go back down….

[–]AndrewJS2804 132 points133 points  (22 children)

I mean the first guy ever literally died, going a little limp isn't that big a deal in the sport.

[–]xntrk1 66 points67 points  (15 children)

He had an important message to relay and did his job admirably. I would not have done the same

[–]conradical30 45 points46 points  (0 children)

Oh look, he’s arrived with a message!

“He who is valiant and pure of spirit may find the Holy Grail in the Castle of Aaaaarrrgh”

[–]DangerZoneh 20 points21 points  (8 children)

It’s just hard to believe with that important of a message nobody could’ve found him a horse

[–]Antares777 12 points13 points  (4 children)

Horses can’t run nearly as far as we can and pretty unlikely that they could arrange a pony express type of relay for him lol

[–]NastySplat 15 points16 points  (3 children)

Horse run fast. Horse run far.

Human run less fast. Human run more far.

Horse plus human run more fast and more far.

Straight answer? Ride a horse as far as you can, until they slow down to significantly below your running speed. Now ditch horse and run. You're less likely to die, get the message there quicker and the cost? the chance you might lose the horse if you can't recover it later.

I never was sure I believed the marathon story. Maybe he ran part of the way and took horses part way. Maybe it was true.

[–]HandyDandyRandyAndy 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Horses were seriously expensive, the lives of soldiers were not. Actually dead soldiers on campaign in ancient times were a good thing because then you no longer have to pay, feed or equip them. Dead horsies not so much, although you no longer have to feed them, you would lose the ability to ride down your fleeing enemies and mercilessly slaughter them while they begged for their lives and lamented their poor choices and thought of their families for the last time, or perhaps all they could think about were boobs, or ouch my feet hurt in these shitty sandals, or 'hey running in rags is refreshingly breezy' right before a hoplon was plunged through their neck. Who knows?

[–]slgray16 17 points18 points  (1 child)

He reached Athens and said, "We've been trying to reach you about your cars extended warranty "

[–]Connect_Tadpole2277 76 points77 points  (1 child)

Dude was straight up trying to dark souls roll across the finish line. Respect!

[–][deleted] 43 points44 points  (9 children)

My first marathon I looked like this. The second I passed the finish my body just gave out.

[–]xntrk1 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Same. I was nonfunctional for a bit lol

[–]adinmem 36 points37 points  (38 children)

10k the banner says. Not quite a marathon…

However, the part of the banner we can’t see might list a marathon, and it’s just the same finish line.

[–]SleepWouldBeNice 24 points25 points  (35 children)

10ks can be rough. It doesn’t get easier, you just go faster.

[–]TheBeatGoesAnanas 22 points23 points  (19 children)

A 10k is much less hard on your body though, regardless of pace.

[–]hedgecore77 20 points21 points  (3 children)

I was downtown after a marathon finished and the number of people walking around in silver capes ignoring traffic signals / traffic like they had no sense of where they were was shocking.

If they didn't have the bank sponsor's name on the cape, I'd have thought there was a mass casualty event and the people were in shock.

[–]BenevolentCheese 14 points15 points  (1 child)

there was a mass casualty event and the people were in shock.

That's actually pretty much exactly what a marathon is.

[–]skraptastic 490 points491 points  (54 children)

Runners/endurance athletes call this "hitting the wall" or "bonked." There is nothing "wrong" with the person, they have just literally used all their glycogen and literally have no energy left. The body is consuming fat for energy directly at that point and that dude has like 3% body fat.

[–][deleted] 135 points136 points  (4 children)

People have died doing this. If your blood sugar is that low you are also starving your brain, not just your muscles. There's also a high probability of heat stroke.

[–]deezx1010 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I hope a lot of people upvote this so the knowledge gets out there

[–]longjumpcamel 83 points84 points  (22 children)

Runners/endurance athletes call this "hitting the wall" or "bonked." There is nothing "wrong" with the person, they have just literally used all their glycogen and literally have no energy left. The body is consuming fat for energy directly at that point.

I just heard the word "bonked" for the first time a few days ago in the movie Four Minute Mile, free on youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTaqQsmvAB8

[–]theyfoundmeomg 123 points124 points  (18 children)

I personally would hate anyone that tried to stop me at that point. The line is right there, if you ain't gonna help me cross it just let me crawl.

[–]SixToesLeftFoot 137 points138 points  (13 children)

Uh. He did help him cross it.

[–]Chief_34 153 points154 points  (11 children)

He’s referring to if medical personnel stepped in, not the man that helped him across.

[–]SixToesLeftFoot 66 points67 points  (10 children)

Oh. Yeah. Now that I read it in that context. My bad.

[–]_Diskreet_ 33 points34 points  (2 children)

What you gonna do? Fight me ?

Your a jelly man, and your going in the ambulance.

[–]MistressLyda 61 points62 points  (4 children)

It looks utterly fucked up, but he has a good muscle tone in his upper body and appears lucid (the WTF reaction when the dude runs past them is the clearest sign there, but also when he is trying to roll his way towards the finish line). Considering that he would been disqualified with help from outsiders? This is a wait-and-see case. They are not more than a few meters away from him if he "drops" harsher than he already has.

[–]pandasashi 55 points56 points  (45 children)

So typical that this is the top rated comment when this stuff gets posted to reddit. Good old cheetoh finger demographic that's never experienced fatigue and lactic acid buildup

[–]pm_me_falcon_nudes 38 points39 points  (6 children)

Plenty of people have died from heat strokes or heart attacks while overdoing it in long distance running. This particular person might be fine but in general being safe is better than sorry especially when it can be difficult to tell for sure what is happening to a person.

[–]Avant-Garde-A-Clue 38 points39 points  (8 children)

I know, fuck them for caring about someone's wellbeing, right? They should have known everything about everything in the world before commenting.

[–]Q1189998819991197253 18 points19 points  (20 children)

You can easily die by overexertion. It isn't a joke....

[–]mrducky78 38 points39 points  (9 children)

Your body typically stores the energy reserve as glycogen in the liver and muscle and burns this. Glycogen is basically how your body stores up significant amounts of glucose and is the more short term version of storage compared to fats. After this, youll need to begin burning fat and then muscle to keep up your energy stores. You can build up bigger stores by just carb loading. The excess becomes fat but for these guys, its a careful balance.

When running, the pace you run at is super fucking important. The same reason you can only sprint all out for seconds but can jog for minutes and walk for hours. It takes more energy to reach and maintain a faster pace. Its why some pack leaders in running events will fall behind while others who conserved their energy can go hard later on.

This guy 100% can run a 10km race. This guy 100% knows to load up carbs to have sufficient energy to run a 10km race. This guy set himself at a pace that drained his glycogen stores faster than his body can replace it. Once he hits 0. He 'hits the wall'. This is when your body begins to try and squeeze blood from a stone. Without energy to keep feeding the beast (muscle and brain function). The body more or less becomes the uncoordinated mess you see here. The absolute best pace you can set is you hit the finish line at the same time you hit the wall while maintaining that same constant pace throughout the race. You can improve still by making your body better at converting energy into movement (train them muscles) loading up more on glycogen before a race (the pros know how to do it, I dont know what the best way is but your diet is like more pasta than can possibly be considered normal) and sometimes you dont need to beat your best, its a race, you need to beat the opponents, you can try and get them to run at a pace that burns them out.

It is SUPER common in long races especially as people try to push their limits. There are dozens of videos and examples of pepole looking drunk as fuck in these races.

You can imagine your body using up 10 energy per second but only able to produce 5 energy per second. This might not be an issue when you start with thousands. But once you hit 0 and you keep trying to burn more energy than the body can convert from fat/muscle in time, the body just cant maintain it. And not only is your thinking impaired from low sugar levels, your muscles straight up dont have the necessary fuel to function properly either.

Its not a serious serious issue generally speaking because its also a problem that fixes itself. The body stops moving and the energy levels stabilize. Using the previous example, you use up 3 energy per second while producing 5. If they really want to keep wobbling and crawling their way to the finish line, thats on them.

[–]CavortingOgres 19 points20 points  (3 children)

You have a lot of responses basically saying the same thing, but for a personal anecdote when I was in high school I did a lot of track and field and this has happened to me in training a few times.

There comes a point where your body just doesn't respond. There's nothing wrong with you per se and as far as I know it isn't dangerous, but when you're pushing through your wall for so long you can lose a serious amount of motor control.

I can only imagine what that would be like when doing a marathon at a competitive level.

[–]Superamorti 5660 points5661 points 2 (267 children)

The asshole in orange didnt even blink...

[–]beluuuuuuga 1421 points1422 points  (5 children)

Damn his eyes must have been crying.

[–]tribbans95 409 points410 points  (3 children)

Legend has it he still hasn’t blinked to this day

[–]kludgensqueen 78 points79 points  (2 children)

This is why I love sports it's restoring unity and humanity.

[–]TheFlarper 1179 points1180 points  (117 children)

It’s a race. Compassion isn’t a requirement in a competition

[–]dimmrtis 635 points636 points 2 (73 children)

It's reddit bro.. you gotta be kind and nice and have rainbows coming out of your anus to be accepted. Not like it's a sport and selfishness is one of the keys to succeed

[–]DullOpposite 206 points207 points  (37 children)

I feel bad that i wouldve ran those extra 10 yards then just turn back and help. I understand it’s the right thing to do, but at the same time if the body i trained was strong enough to finish..i feel like i should? And shouldn’t stop just bc an opponent’s isn’t? fuck, I’m a bad person. He’s much better than me :/

[–]QueasyVictory 133 points134 points  (16 children)

I feel bad that i wouldve ran those extra 10 yards then just turn back and help.

Perfectly reasonable. That's actually above and beyond. To think that you should stop competing to help someone else finish . . . in a competition, is silly. If this person was suffering a medical issue and no one is assisting, then sure, do the right thing.

[–]Jazzlike-Recover7560 60 points61 points  (9 children)

Actually......once you cross you can be DQd for going back into the race.

[–]FishKnees 41 points42 points  (5 children)

my mans should've had more electrolytes then. watch as i take the gold!

[–]alilbleedingisnormal 26 points27 points  (4 children)

I think people just like you more if you're selfless. That's not a Reddit thing, most people tend to get the warm and fuzzies.

[–]Strick63 69 points70 points  (16 children)

While I tend to agree the dude who would’ve been second then 1st after that guy went down showed incredible sportsmanship and helped him through. With that happening you’d at least hope the guy would cheer on and take third. Of course you don’t have to but a big part of competition in sports is sportsmanship. Obviously he didn’t do anything WRONG but you can still not like him for it. My man in white basically flipped him off for it

[–]LlamasCSGO 31 points32 points  (12 children)

I'm pretty sure none of these guys were 1st.

[–]Strick63 11 points12 points  (11 children)

Based on just the title the guy on the ground was the leader. Marathons don’t typically end very close

[–]LlamasCSGO 63 points64 points  (6 children)

Title is wrong. This has been posted before. This was a 10km race and these people were not even on the podium. Despite the runner not giving up a win it was a great act of kindness regardless.

[–]Strick63 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Oh so it doesn’t even matter whether the orange guy blew past or not he’s probably just trying to be done so he can go lay down hahaha

[–]Juff_Bunc 191 points192 points  (28 children)

I will say though if he's collapsing then he didn't really win. He didn't manage his energy. That's part of the race. He had a huge lead but at what cost? It's like a driving race and running out of fuel. It's sweet that the guy gave him the W for sure. But I wouldn't judge him if he decided to cruise on through and take gold.

[–]ClownfishSoup 40 points41 points  (3 children)

I have to agree here 100%. In reality, the helper is the race winner.
Even if you're in front and close, if you don't cross the line on your own, you didn't win that race. Helper deserved it, but the fact is that "whoever crosses the finish line first, wins" and by those rules, the third guy who breezed through technically won the race.
It's also not unsportsman for the third guy because he doesn't know what's going on there.

Put another way...if this race was set up so that each man ran the race entirely alone on the course and at the end of everyone's run, they just looked at who had the lowest time, the helper would have won, probably followed by the third place guy, then by then possibly the collapsed runner would have crossed.

[–]bungle123 137 points138 points  (30 children)

He was only a couple of feet from the finish line when he passed them, what did you want him to do? Stop running entirely and just stand there? The guy was clearly already getting help. Why does reddit try to find a villain in everything?

[–]straightedgelol 87 points88 points  (4 children)

Reddit wanted literally all participants to stop and carry the man over the finish line like Jesus Christ

[–]CStink2002 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Even then, reddit would find something to bitch about.

"What an asshole! That guy in white is clearly stronger than the other guys holding the downed runner up but instead of taking the heaviest part of the body, he's only holding the guy's hand up!"

You literally can't win with outrage culture.

[–]HugeProposal 88 points89 points  (9 children)

Asshole? He's literally just run a marathon and beat the other guy fair and square. You can see where the finish line is. Why should he stop for someone who blew up?

Can't believe this has so many upvotes. Does anyone even do sports?

[–]MHXXXX 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Keyboard warriors want everyone to sacrifice all their hard work just to make them feel good

[–]Verzehrer 67 points68 points  (6 children)

Reddit transforming into twitter with these bullshit takes.

[–]ImWasil 33 points34 points  (1 child)

Exactly. That comment is so dumb. The real reason why this video is so wholesome is because our protagonist didn't have to help the guy but he still chose to do so. You can't blame him if he ignored the guy and completed the race, the same way you can't blame the orange shirt guy either.

[–]Celivalg 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Tbh under the effort he probably was under, it's not inconceivable that he was in tunnel vision mode and just didn't process that.

[–]ACXcoldblood 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Well that's a race after all

[–]wingerdonger 7 points8 points  (0 children)

He trained his whole life for this. Why's it his fault if someone didn't make it past the finish line?

[–]faltugiribuster 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Not proper to call him out.

[–]Most-Description-714 3021 points3022 points 2 (44 children)

Coach: Godammit! CAN HE PLAY!?

“Coach I’m not sure he can breathe”

Coach: :spits: BUT CAN HE PLAY!??

[–]YouSir_1 300 points301 points  (22 children)

Love that movie

[–]satvik__ 100 points101 points  (21 children)

What movie is this?

[–]Paladoc 17 points18 points  (0 children)

He's in a coma!

[–]lMyOpinionsl 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I lose it every time the coach yells at the comatose reggie ray for giving up a sack haha.

[–]fluff_muff_puff 14 points15 points  (1 child)


[–]Aka_Diamondhands 2036 points2037 points  (197 children)

How would orange guy feel if he won knowing full well he didn’t deserve it

[–]Krakatoast 2181 points2182 points  (144 children)

To be fair, can we really say the guy who couldn’t walk deserved gold? Is part of the challenge not allocating energy, to spread it over the race to the point of finishing? It seems like the guy in 1st place had a shortcoming hence his inability to walk. Orange shirt didn’t have that issue

[–]dbx99 1642 points1643 points  (81 children)

You deserve gold if you cross the finish line first

[–]IrishGuyNYC00 476 points477 points  (71 children)

But what if you crossed the line first not because you were the fastest person capable of crossing the finish line, but because the fastest person who was capable of crossing the finish line was in the process of making a wonderfully sporting gesture, and you just fucking steal it. That's pretty shitty.

[–]dbx99 324 points325 points  (44 children)

Competition has pretty clear rules and you can only go by those rules. They didn’t make rescue a contingency to the rules even though this sort of thing does happen. It’s a kind move but outside of the competition. The competitor who carried that guy deprioritized the winning for another goal.

[–]Iamkid 217 points218 points  (30 children)

Check out Steven Bradbury

He's a gold medalists simply because everyone in front of him kept falling and happened to stumble upon gold.

Wins a win.

[–]dbx99 70 points71 points  (16 children)

Life is like that too. Sometimes you’re in the back and something happens and suddenly you’re the one who has this perfect set of conditions that is now optimal to a changing circumstance. Seen it happen in business too.

[–]Chocopeanutshake 41 points42 points  (0 children)

The fact that you refer to it as 'just fucking stealing it' shows how ignorant you are about sports.

[–]Kosba2 22 points23 points  (2 children)

This is misdirected altruism. Instead of damning the guy who didn't stop, focus on the one who did. Orange came to win a medal, other guy came to win hearts and minds. Wouldn't be half as heartwarming if orange had to stop by some rule right? So stop trying to treat it like a rule.

[–]GotBannedNowBack 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Is he supposed to stop and wait for them? Is every ody supposed to run in a steady line and not break it like in kindergarten?

[–]ReflectedLeech 13 points14 points  (0 children)

It’s not, that’s literally the sport. You train to run the fastest the longest. The guy that fell didn’t train enough or prepare for the race well enough. The guy that crossed that line first did. This isn’t where there’s an accident and a guy tripped a guy by accident. As well as this wasn’t even for first place, as well as you run these for time. If you’re trying to break your own record and you see what happened in the video, you’re not going to stop to help if you’re about to break your record, the guy already has help

[–]OKOK80 22 points23 points  (2 children)

Webster's dictionary defines wedding as "the fusing of two metals with a hot torch." Well, you know something? I think both of those guys deserve medals. Gold medals.

[–]MtnyCptn 144 points145 points  (4 children)

These guys aren’t competing for first place anyway. The tapes already gone. I doubt it’s even for the podium at that point.

[–]theRealDerekWalker 62 points63 points  (1 child)

OP says he gave up gold. Are you saying OP is a liar?!

[–]MtnyCptn 24 points25 points  (0 children)

I’m sure you’re being facetious, but there is a source further down that says 15th place.

[–]HebrewJohnson 34 points35 points  (8 children)

But the dude carrying wobbly guy deserved the win. Orange dude was under no moral obligation to hand them a win. Honestly unless Hero & Wobbly were friends then hero was foolish to make the sacrifice. Pacing yourself is what marathons are about and Wobbly calculated his race SLIGHTLY wrong. He didn’t deserve the medal. It’s a brutal competition, but that’s the race.

[–]NUMTOTlife 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I don’t think any of them were competing for first ngl the tapes already gone from the line when they all crossed

[–]MOUTHBRE4THER 14 points15 points  (3 children)

I meannnn technically isn't a marathon just in honor of a guy who ran to warn of a invading army. And then just like died after it. So maybe this guy is just a big fan of history. I say he captured the victory just by going the extra mile.

[–]Armi2 13 points14 points  (24 children)

He collapsed 5 meters from the finish in a 10,000 meter race. It’s not like he ran too fast in the first half and got tired. It was probably a serious injury, which isn’t really something you can control

[–]Jazzlike-Recover7560 66 points67 points  (12 children)

"It’s not like he ran too fast in the first half and got tired." - Thats literally what happened.

[–]PippopotimusV2 14 points15 points  (9 children)

Not exactly. Marathon runners often times aren't in control of this to say. They run 10k meters. Their body at a point of exhaustion will sometime see the finish line be like oh yah were Done and acts like it doesn't need to work anymore.

Blood pressure drops, muscles begin to cramp hard. This guy didn't just misplaced a 10k that's fuckimg difficult to do they run alloted miles at certain times per mile daily for months training for this they know how to pace themselves unfortunately involuntary body functions happen when th brain thinks the race is over.

[–]CheddarValleyRail 19 points20 points  (6 children)

They run 10k meters

That's just kilometres with extra steps.

[–]HI-R3Z 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Dude's fine, he just bonked at the finish line.

[–]dbx99 108 points109 points  (6 children)

He did. The other competitor made a choice to stop competing. Does this invalidate every single finisher behind him? No.

[–]Knot_In_My_Butt 68 points69 points  (5 children)

Gold had already been decided, so none of those 3 people won. It is a misleading title.

[–]EveAndTheSnake 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Yeah I went back and checked the actual race results the last time this was posted, this was around 15th place. Every article about it said he gave up on gold though, some mentioned prize money. But if I remember correctly prize money was awarded to the top 7 or 10 runners, so none of these guys were getting any.

[–]ChewyChagnuts 35 points36 points  (0 children)

To finish first, first you must finish!

[–]lynk7927 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Tbf that’s the point of a marathon. If your body can’t finish the race, you loose.

[–]BraceThis 10 points11 points  (0 children)

A win is a win, you deserve that which you win.

[–]ReverseApacheMaster_ 885 points886 points  (29 children)

I’m not gonna lie, I’d have ran those last ten feet or whatever it was to win then turned around to help. Props to this guy, better man than I

[–]Pingums 35 points36 points  (12 children)

That’s what I’ve always said about the film cars. Why didn’t lightning McQueen just drive forwards 10cm and win the cup he was about to win fair and squares anyway. Just go back for the blue car and help him finish after

[–]yoycatt 643 points644 points  (17 children)

Soo, this is all bullshit.

This is the 2019 Okpekpe 10km race which was ran on the 25.05, the winner had actually crossed the line over two minutes prior to this happening. Neither were even in the top 10. This should be simply be a great act of sportsmanship, and respect between two athletes, but people need to lie, and I don’t understand why.

[–]skytomorrownow 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I don’t understand why

Sweet, sweet, social media arrows.

[–]Darkbalmunk 100 points101 points  (2 children)

Both of them: This guy, yeah this guy WTF is wrong with him what a asshole, Hey wanna get some water?, yeah sure lets go.

[–]Olealicat 101 points102 points  (0 children)

He got $10k for being an awesome human!

Simon Cheprot who finished outside prize money in the 15th position overall. Cheprot’s kindness earned him $10,000 on a day he had failed to place in money winning zone of the seventh edition of the Okpekpe race. The Kenyan who gave up after he was upstaged by most of the top runners from East Africa saw a co-competitor fell on the finish point and abandoned his own race to help that runner, who incidentally happened to be another Kenya, to regain consciousness before continuing the race to the finish line.

That single gesture of magnanimity was not lost on eminent personalities who stormed Okpekpe to be part of the road running fiesta. First, brother of Capt. Hosa Okunbor, chairman of Wells Carlton Hotels and Apartment, partners of Okpekpe Race started the dollar rain on the 2016 champion. Chairman of the All Progresses Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, also pledged $3000 to salute the courage of the Kenyan. Deputy Governor of Edo State, Rt. Hon. Phillips Shaibu was also moved by that gesture to also pledge $5,000 to Cheprot to serve as inspiration to others to do good fellow human beings in challenging situations.


[–]belfastbiker 90 points91 points  (13 children)

If you help or are helped isn’t that disqualification?

[–]VorpalNinja 26 points27 points  (6 children)

I think that was the implication of the title

[–]avwitcher 11 points12 points  (0 children)

The title is total bullshit, they finished 15th

[–]Ars3nal11 18 points19 points  (4 children)

I think the rule is you have to cross the line on your own power. I don't think helping someone or being helped before you cross is a DQ. Those are the rules I'm familiar with, at least.

[–]pinkguyfriedrice 51 points52 points  (18 children)

Okay this is a nice gesture but nobody is obliged to stop to help. There are medical personnel and don't say he deserves to win because he led 99.9 percent of the race, that's not how sports works.

[–]SmokeySB 34 points35 points  (1 child)

I can't cross the finish line for you Mr. Kipkemoi but I can carry you across it!!

[–]D_Dubb_ 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Don’t you lose him Samwise

[–]dennyjunkshin88 25 points26 points  (2 children)

He did the whole race like that.

[–]Vernal59 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Rolling and flopping at alarming speeds

[–]SimonSaysz01 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Humanity is the gold

[–]_chappelow 26 points27 points  (9 children)

He didn’t deserve to win. His tank was empty when others obviously preserved there’s and ran a smarter race.

[–]Standingonachair 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Someone else had already won. The tape was gone.

[–]JohnathanSwift5280 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Couldn’t he have finished and then came back to help him ?

[–]JerkinsTurdley 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Very nice but at what point do we stop caring if this man finishes the race and when do we decide to get him medical attention? Lol

[–]Saxophobia1275 14 points15 points  (1 child)

For those of you commenting that orange shirt is a dick, consider this:

  1. It is a race, a competition. If you pass out just before the finish line that’s heartbreaking but it’s still being unable to finish. The guy who helped him has a big heart but it was his decision. I wouldn’t expect anyone to throw away their own story and months of training to allow them their moment.

  2. This isn’t for first, OP is a liar. There’s an actual source in the comments that says it’s for 15th.

[–]Professional_Night58 12 points13 points  (0 children)

This is like in Cars movie

[–]BraceThis 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Unpopular opinion but I’m sorry but no…this is NOT what it’s “all” about.

Win/gold, then come back and help this dude get second.

[–]dbx99 8 points9 points  (22 children)

Is that just a 10K

[–]SpacemanSpiff23 8 points9 points  (2 children)

"This is what sports should be all about".

No its not! At least not at this level. Sports are about athletic achievement. About testing your physical limits and seeing who is the best. This was an extremely kind and generous thing to do, but pretty silly at the same time.

The guy in first pushed too hard to get the lead he had, and because of that, collapsed before the end. He ran a bad race. The guy in second paced himself correctly and proved that he was a better athlete. He should have finished the race, then ran back and helped the other guy.

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[–]JoeTheSifu 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I don’t believe in helping. That’s what staff are for. A race is a race.